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The Origins of the Rule of Thirds

Text by Glenn Pollock
Photos, Rain Rodolph

When the aliens first landed, humans were still living in caves, and just beginning to desecrate the walls with their graffiti. Ignoring the Prime Directive, the aliens decided to provide these primitives with some important information [or at least what they thought was important]. Being a very advanced intellectual, but rather pompous race, they decided to share some esoteric artistic ideas, rather than explain indoor plumbing or air conditioning, which of course, would have been much more practical and useful. But they figured that, since these primitive beings had already begun to create graffiti, they might as well do it with some artistic sense.

The aliens chose to give them the definition of the Golden Section: “A line divided into two segments such that the length of the smaller segment as compared to the length of the larger segment is equal to the length of the larger segment as compared to the whole length.”

Unfortunately, it came out, “Adjqoeir alrur asfrivn  or/atru  nriutahv nvei froif  jeeej. Of course this meant nothing to the humans. They weren’t much beyond grunting in their communications skills, let alone understanding an alien language. Fortunately the aliens also provided a visual formula and the graphic equivalent etched in a stone tablet. It looked like this:
When they presented it to the humans, the humans looked at it, then looked back at the small furry aliens, decided they liked the aliens better, and ate them. And the tablet was ignored and lost.
Many millenniums later the tablet was discovered by the Greeks, who had moved out of the caves and were beginning to build temples for their gods. Having evolved a bit beyond the cave dwellers, they took the one dimensional line formula and proportion formula: A:B as B:C [A+B], thus creating the Golden Rectangle proportions of approximately 5 to 8. When they applied these proportions to their architecture, they discovered the buildings looked a lot cooler. They also looked around in nature and discovered that a lot of the really neat nature thingys [such as sea shells and themselves, even] also had these proportions, so they knew they were on to something big.       
Being an inquisitive culture, they started playing around with this rectangle by adding diagonals and perpendicular lines, and discovered some other cool things. Like, if you draw a diagonal line from one corner of the rectangle to the other and then draw lines from the other two corners perpendicular to that diagonal, you end up with intersection points at some pretty pleasing locations in the rectangle. Great places for placing important elements of a composition:
Unfortunately, the Greeks became so enamored with all this philosophical stuff that they failed to realize that the Barbarians were gathering at their borders, and they were eventually overrun and conquered. The Barbarians took one look at all this ‘A:B = B: C, parallel and perpendicular line’ stuff and said, “Hey man, too complicated. Let’s just divide any rectangle into thirds, and go invade another country. That’ll be close enough for government work”.

Thus the Rule of Thirds was born.

Good night, Gracie
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Great Tips illustrated with Great Pics, October 20, 2010  
(Amazon Review)

I found this book to be engaging and full of great tips and instructions. The black and white travel photos inside are a joy to look at. I would like to see another book of his with just the photos, printed larger and on glossy stock.

The book is divided into two sections: How to take good travel pictures, and then, How to sell them. ....

This is the sort of handbook that you will want to buy, read and then save to refer back to again and again.
It found a permanent home on my bookshelf, September 3, 2010
This book covers all aspects of selling photographs. Drawing from his own experience as a travel writer and photographer, the author has created a real resource for anyone who wants to have their images published. He gives sound advice as to how to be productive creatively and walks you through the necessary steps to getting your images to market. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about selling their photographs.

I highly recommend this book. Easy to read and understand. Even if you are not trying to sell your photographs this book is a must have. This book covers all the fundamental information that you have to know on aperture settings, filters, composition, etc. which will get you the photographs you will be proud of and want to sell.
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